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The Truck Camper Option Time Machine

I would like to personally thank the person who custom ordered our truck camper eleven years ago from Western Recreational Vehicles.  As part of their order, he (or she) deleted the front window, and purchased what was essentially a bare-bones 2004 Alpenlite 1100 camper.

There was no factory microwave, air conditioner, generator, or awnings.  Nor did the owner install these options outside of a tiny microwave that looked more like an Easy Bake Oven than anything I would trust to heat carrots.  In short, the unit was perfect for our future project camper.  If I could go back in time and influence their decision, I would not change a thing.

Okay, that’s not entirely true.  I would tell them to order the camper, and then put it in indoor storage for a decade until we were ready.  Heck, put that old Beatles LP collection and a Marantz 8B tube amp in there for safe keeping, and then forget they’re there.  I promise to take very good care of them!  One can dream…

If you could go back and order your truck camper all over again, what camper options would you get factory installed and/or dealer installed?  Or, what options would you skip this time?

With the powers vested in me as Publisher and Grand Pooh-Pooh Bah of Truck Camper Magazine, I am taking you back in time for a truck camper option do over.

Would you get the factory to install the solar option, or a built-in generator?  Would you get the dealer to put on a side awning, or a rooftop air conditioner?  Or perhaps you would skip the microwave and/or oven and have the storage instead.

This week’s Question of the Week is, “If you could go back in time, how would you change the camper options that you selected for your truck camper order?”

If you bought your camper off a dealer lot, or used (like we did) you can still answer this question.  Just pretend that you were able to go back in time and whisper into the ear of the manufacturer or original owner at the very moment they optioned the unit.  What options would you whisper?

“Put the White Album in the cabover… you won’t miss it…  Number nine…”

Here are the top 10 wished for camper options.

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